Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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RE[2]: Upgrade Decision
by Morgan on Sat 7th Aug 2010 01:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Upgrade Decision"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Or you can do like I did: Buy the most compatible hardware in the first place and the worst that can go wrong is user error -- easily fixed.

The first time you install OSX86 I can almost guarantee you won't get something right, but if you research and read up on what you did wrong the next time it will either work, or work well. After that it's gravy.

Or in other words, it's like installing Linux was ten years ago. ;)

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RE[3]: Upgrade Decision
by kragil on Sat 7th Aug 2010 07:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Upgrade Decision"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Could you post your exact hardware? I am interested in a really good (trouble free) configuration.

Thanks

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RE[4]: Upgrade Decision
by Morgan on Sat 7th Aug 2010 08:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Upgrade Decision"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, no Hackintosh is truly trouble-free, but mine was an easy build. The main components for compatibility are the motherboard and video card. This is what I have:

Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G motherboard
Galaxy GeForce 8400GS 256MB

I used iAtkos v7 to make it easy on myself, but make sure you buy a copy of Leopard to stay quasi-legal. I've read reports of this motherboard being able to boot the retail disc with boot132, and supposedly Snow Leopard boots without modification, but I haven't tried either of those options myself.

A note on the 8400GS: You'll have to experiment with all the different methods of getting your video to work properly; each card is slightly different. I went with the 8400GS for budget reasons but you'd be better served with a 7300GT, 8800GT or 9400GT for ease of installation. The 8400GS can be a challenge, but once you get it right you'll have decent 3D performance and flawless TV-out.

Also, the sound hardware on this board can use several different drivers, and each one has its drawbacks. For good sound support you'd be best served finding a good PCI sound card with full native support (check insanelymac.com).

Good luck with your build!

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RE[4]: Upgrade Decision
by LobalSurgery on Sat 7th Aug 2010 18:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Upgrade Decision"
LobalSurgery Member since:
2006-09-07

Here are the main components of my build:

Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard
Core i7 940
6 GB G.Skill 1600 MHz RAM
GeForce GTX 260 896 MB
1 TB HDD
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD burner
Corsair 850 W power supply
Antec 900 case

The Gigabyte MB's seem to offer the best overall compatibility, but others have had good results with Asus as well.

I recommend following the guidelines at http://www.tonymacx86.com/ - there are clear instructions, downloadable utilities and helpful people.

Have fun!

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